Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship by Holloway, Pippa

Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship

byHolloway, Pippa

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Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship examines the history of disfranchisement for criminal conviction in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the post-war South, white southern Democrats expanded the usage of lawsdisfranchising for crimes of infamy in order to deny African Americans the suffrage rights due them as citizens, employing historical similarities between the legal statuses of slaves and convicts as justification. At the same time, our nation's criminal code changed. The inhumane treatment ofprisoners, the expansion of the prison system, the public nature of punishment by forced labor, and the abandonment of the idea of reform and rehabilitation of prisoners all contributed to a national consensus that certain categories of criminals should be permanently disfranchised.As racial barriers to suffrage were challenged and fell, rights remained restricted for persons targeted by such infamy laws. Criminal convictions - in place of race - continued the disparity in legal status between whites and African Americans. Decades later, after race-based disfranchisement hasofficially ended, legislation steeped in a legacy of racial discrimination continues to perpetuate a dichotomy of suffrage and citizenship that is still effecting our election outcomes today.

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Pippa Holloway is Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University. She is the author of Sexuality, Politics, and Social Control in Virginia, 1920-1945 and Other Souths: Diversity and Difference in the U.S. South, Reconstruction to Present.
Sexuality, Politics, and Social Control in Virginia, 1920-1945
Sexuality, Politics, and Social Control in Virginia, 1920-1945

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Title:Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American CitizenshipFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199976082

ISBN - 13:9780199976089

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AcknowledgementsPrefaceIntroduction1. "Not infamous, nor subject to another man's will"2. "Disqualified in Advance"3. "A Chicken-Stealer Shall Lose His Vote"4. Furtive Offenses and Robust Crimes5. Making New Men: Pardons and Restorations of Citizenship Rights6. Courts, Voting Rights, and Black Protest in the Early 20th Century7. ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex